Accidental Explosions at Home

Representing Victims Injured or Killed by Explosions in the Home

The thunderous roar could be heard for miles. The ground shook violently, windows rattling. Nearby residents first noticed a rumble, followed by a sudden, massive boom. Then heat shot up the street, sweeping through the homes. The massive blast shot a fireball hundreds of feet in the air, with fire reaching over 100 feet high. The heat of the fire was so extreme that windshields cracked and paint bubbled on cars parked on the street.

These were the recollections shared by dozens of people living in a neighborhood near San Bruno, California, in the days following September 2010 gas line explosion. And similar stories have been told by others across the country who live in areas where natural gas lines have exploded — including a large number of Houston residents.

Unfortunately, the story of individuals and families being injured or killed in their own homes when pipelines, propane grills and gas water heaters explode is not an uncommon one. At Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz, our attorneys represent families of those killed and clients who have been injured in gas explosions in or near their homes. If you or a loved one was injured or killed in an explosion at home, call 800-836-6130 (toll free 800-580-9121) or contact our office online to schedule a free initial consultation.

Explosions From Gas Leaks and Defective Appliances

Sometimes, these pipeline explosions occur after a leak has been reported the utility company, but the company fails to properly respond. That is exactly what happened at a house in Pasadena, Texas, in July 1998. A construction crew was working down the street from a house where an elderly woman was babysitting three children. As they were working, the construction crew hit and bent a gas line. The resulting gas leak was immediately reported to Entex. When utility workers responded an hour later, they failed to evacuate the area or repair the leak. As utility workers sat down the street, the house with the woman and children suddenly exploded, blowing the roof off. The elderly woman died and all three children were severely burned. Had the gas company immediately responded and properly handled the gas leak, her death and children's injuries could have been prevented.

Explosions in the home are often the result of a gas company's unsafe handling of natural or propane gas, which can cause gas leaks and pipeline explosions. Explosions can also occur due to a defective appliance or other product such as a propane grill or gas water heater.

If you live or work near an oil refinery, you can also be affected by refinery fires and explosions caused by improper maintenance, inadequate safety precautions or other negligence. Chemical plant and refinery accidents can close down neighboring businesses, pollute the air, contaminate water sources and damage surrounding properties.

Call Our Experienced Personal Injury Lawyers for a Free Consultation

When you are injured or a loved one is killed in a home explosion, we will help you obtain compensation for your losses and hold the negligent party responsible. As the oldest plaintiffs personal injury law firm in Texas, we have spent more than 65 years getting results for our clients. For a free consultation, call 800-836-6130 (toll free 800-580-9121) or e-mail our Houston office. Se habla español.